When I looked up the definition of leader, the result was “someone that leads.” Well, what does that mean? I then looked up the definition of ‘lead.’ To lead means to provide guidance and direction. Leadership comes naturally to some, while others have to put a lot of effort into it.
According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the Commanders are the natural-born leaders. The Commanders are ENTJs. This means that they are extroverted, intuitive, rely more on logic than feelings, and prefer to live a structured life. This personality type is often charismatic and confident, which is part of what makes them natural leaders. The MBTI offers insight to workplace habits of each type. ENTJs are efficient in the work place and prefer to have clear guidelines and communication. The Commanders do not sugarcoat things. They prefer it when someone does not beat around the bush and gets straight to the point. Their efficiency and forwardness can help make them good leaders, but it can also hinder them. Sometimes Commanders can be too forward with the point they are trying to make. It can come across as overbearing to the people around them. Despite this, Commanders still make good leaders with their charisma and high standards of work. They push themselves to create the best work possible and encourage those around them.
My MBTI type on the other hand, would not make the best leader. I am the Defender personality, also referred to as an ISFJ. ISFJs are introverted, rely on what they sense, think more about how their choices would make others feel, and also prefer to have structure in their lives. Defenders like to make people happy and often go above and beyond to do so. Because of this, they are generally good workers but they can be taken advantage of often. Confrontation is hard for Defenders and is often avoided at all costs. I, personally, am HORRIBLE with confrontation and would not touch it with a thirty-nine-and-a-half-foot pole. That last part was a reference to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by the way. I think the reason why confrontation is so hard for Defenders is because they want to keep everything running smoothly. Any sort of confrontation could potentially ruin that and us Defenders do not want that. While confrontation is extremely hard for ISFJs, there are qualities about them that would make a good leader. Defenders are good at listening to the needs of others and finding a solution that works for everyone. They want nothing more than to be in an environment where everyone is succeeding and are willing to take the steps to get there. To be completely honest, I do not think I would want a job as a leader. I would have an incredibly hard time making decisions if I knew the outcome would end up hurting someone. Who knows, maybe confrontation is something I will learn to get better at, but for now I think I am going to keep avoiding it. Maybe. Probably. We’ll see. Yikes.
Leadership can take a lot of forms and look different to everyone. Leaders are not limited to just the Commander personality, leaders can be found anywhere. Sometimes leaders arise from those we least expect. I want to make it clear that I do not think a leader with the Defender personality type is a bad leader, I am simply saying that sometimes it is harder for ISFJs to step into that leadership role. We all lead in different ways and who we are is not limited to what any personality test says.
And now, because I have had this song stuck in my head since I referred to it, I am embedding the YouTube video for the song, You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch. You’re welcome.